Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week. This week's prize, which still includes John's $110.00 contribution of two weeks ago (Thank You again John), increases to $130.00. The odds are someone will win this week. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: As we all know, the Democratic Candidate beat the Republican Candidate in deep-red Alabama. Despite this, despite the projected $1.5 Trillion increase in our National Deficit, despite the estimated 13 million Americans who will lose their Health Insurance, despite the prediction that Americans earning less than $75,000 will pay more, not less, in taxes by 2024, and despite the fact that polling shows the Public rejects this Republican Tax Bill by almost a 2-1 margin, Congressional Republican continue their drive to give Tax Cuts to their corporate friends and wealthy Donors. It is a public display of corruption.

This quote sums up my thoughts about the Republican Agenda and what their Party has become:

"Michael Gerson: "President Trump and his admirers are not just putting forth an agenda; they are littering the civic arena with deception and cruelty. They are discrediting even the good causes they claim to care about. They are condemning the country to durable social division. In Trump's GOP, loyalty requires corruption. So loyalty itself must be reconceived."
"What would weaken the grip of Trump on the GOP? Obviously not moral considerations. The president has crossed line after line of decency and ethics with only scattered Republican bleats of protest. Most of the party remains in complicit silence. The few elected officials who have broken with Trump have become targets of the conservative media complex — savaged as an example to the others."
"This is the sad logic of Republican politics today: The only way that elected Republicans will abandon Trump is if they see it as in their self-interest. And the only way they will believe it is in their self-interest is to watch a considerable number of their fellow Republicans lose."

John Thune and Mike Rounds, in lockstep with Trump and the Republican Leadership, make many claims justifying the Republican Tax Plan and their deep bow to the Republican Donor class. They claim their Tax Cuts will increase employment but we are at full employment now. They say the Tax Cuts will provide more money for investment but financial experts point out banks are awash with money now and that businesses will share any windfall from the Tax Cut with stockholders. They say that Economic Growth will make their addition to the Deficit and the National Debt disappear but most economists disagree. And finally they say that, although individual Tax Cuts expire in seven years, they really want to make them permanent. They say the individual Tax Cuts are just as important as the 40% cut in the Corporate rate, they just can't be made permanent right now. "Trust us on this one", they say..... Really?

I am reminded of the refrain of the '60's song by the Shirelles "Will you still love me tomorrow."

"Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment's pleasure?
Can I believe the magic of your sighs?
Will you still love me tomorrow?"

Here is a link to the song for your enjoyment and reflection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3irmBv8h4Tw

And here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion.

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1008.htm

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: John won our Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week. He graciously contributed his winnings back to our Prize Pool. (Thank You, John!) With John's contribution, this week's prize increases to a Drinking Liberally record $120.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Always finding a way to practice heartlessness, the Republicans now want to gut Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. They claim the cuts are necessary to fill the Budget Deficit they just increased by a Trillion Dollars in order to give massive Tax Cuts to their Billionaire donors and their allies in Country Clubs everywhere. It isn't fair but they are Republicans and they just don't care. It is that simple.

That and their belief that they have enough money to make anything true. They spent three years skewering Hillary Clinton and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Now they are trying to paint Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, a man currently believed by most people to be beyond reproach, as a political hack. Their attempt may seem far-fetched right now, but they think they can succeed or they wouldn't try. If you doubt their ability to defame someone, remember, Hillary Clinton was named the most admired Woman in the World 20 times before they targeted her. Just think, 20 times!! And then the Republicans and Fox News went after her. Why would they doubt their ability to defame Robert Mueller or convince us we should cut Social Security and the social safety net and love them for it.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1007.htm

In South Dakota: Even in Sioux Falls we have our own version of the National Republican Party as the Mayor and a majority of City Councilors refuse to reveal the details of contracts and the potential conflicts of interest and paybacks therein. "Don't rock the boat", they seem to say. "If there was anything amiss, we would tell you." ......I politely disagree. I think the public has a right to know who we are dealing with when a project is financed with public money. But the Mayor and his cronies see those asking for transparency as troublemakers. They believe so few people are paying attention they can play us for fools. Perhaps they can. We will see.

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

As always, Drinking Liberally tonight. "TapHouse 41"

The political news is awful as we watch the Republican Party and its elected officials at every level pander and grovel to the wishes of the Billionaires and the less well-known Millionaires of their Donor Class. The Tax Bill speeding through the Republican controlled congress, coldly, brazenly, selfishly, provides 100's of Billions of dollars in tax benefits to the wealthy and well-heeled and shifts much of the tax burden onto the backs of poor and middle-class people. It also adds at least a Trillion dollars to our National debt beyond the 3 to 4 Trillion which would be added anyway if no change was made.

The Republican-controlled Congress pushes their Tax Cuts in the name of Economic Growth though no reputable Economist thinks this growth will take place. Economists point out that no causal relationship exists between tax cuts and economic growth. Tax cuts change who pays the bill and how it will be paid, but they don't create new wealth for the whole. They don't add any real money to our Economy. They are a zero-sum game, kind of like changing plates at a dinner table. "Who gets the Prime Rib and who gets the hamburger?" It may make a difference to your enjoyment of the meal, but, if you are picking up the tab, whether you get Prime Rib or hamburger, the bill will be the same.

But Republicans persist in their lie. It sells well. And, in the world of Trump that is all that matters.

So, though the political news is awful right now, join us at Drinking Liberally this evening. We are always here for you, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Talk about your day and your world. And some politics too. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $110.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In South Dakota Politics: The South Dakota Democratic Party's (SDDP's) Executive Board and its Central Committee meet in Mitchell tonight and tomorrow in their attempt to fight irrelevancy. They appear to be making progress. I note that according to the SD Secretary of State's web site they made voter registration gains against Republicans in November, losing 33 fewer voters than the 1403 voters the Republicans lost. The Democratic voter registration deficit against Republicans now stands at 84,198, an average deficit of 2400 in each of South Dakota's 35 Legislative Districts.

Below is our link to our summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion.
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1006.htm

I need a drink. Join us a Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Republicans Come Down on the Side of Greed and Child Molesters.

It is Black Friday and you are probably exhausted from your Holiday Shopping spree. Or, perhaps you are trying to avoid the crowds. Either way, we invite you to join us at Drinking Liberally this evening. As always we are here for you, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Kick off your shoes. Sit down. Talk about your day and your world. And some politics too. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $100.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Republicans have resolved their 'Alabama Dilemma' as to whether or not they should support a child-molester, Alabama Senate candidate, Judge Roy Moore. After due consideration, Republicans have said yes to Judge Moore and the coveting of children. (In their support, there is nothing in the Ten Commandments about not coveting a neighbor's child.) For a time, the question seemed like a tough call for Republicans but, when you think about it, given the tax plan they have proposed, they made a very predictable choice. If you look at their Tax Bill, just like a child molester, it too will screw just about anybody and everybody.

In South Dakota: John Thune, our senior US Senator, appeared last week at a Koch Brothers' sponsored meeting in Sioux Falls. His attendance tells you all you need to know about the Republican Tax Bill and their plan to force it through a Republican Congress for the signature of their Republican President. Unwilling to hold the usual public hearings and subject their Tax Bill to the usual public scrutiny, Thune along with Republican Senators in other states like Rob Portman in Ohio, have chosen to forgo traditional Town Hall meetings in favor of these carefully crafted, RSVP'd forums paid for by their Billionaire benefactors. The Tax Bill that Thune and his wealthy supporters like so much, blows up the Federal Deficit by $1.5 Trillion over 10 years, raises taxes on those earning less than $75,000 a year while lowering the taxes on Corporations by 43%, triggers a $25 Billion dollar initial deduction in Medicare and, generally, shifts the tax burden from Billionaires and their Millionaire minions onto ordinary working people. Thune's full-throated support for this Tax Bill and his attendance at the Koch Brother's event makes it obvious, if it wasn't already, that he and public officials like him have been bought by the Super Rich and that they know who their masters are.

Thune covers his support for this Tax Bill with lies about economic growth and increased wages when the academic community has demonstrated these claims are not supported by facts. Yet Thune and his like, continue to repeat their lies. In what has become a fact-free environment, with a President who will say anything and a Congress that refuses to have policy examined in an orderly way, it is no surprise Thune feels free to repeat his lies. After all, those who support child molesters to get their way will probably say anything.

According to news accounts, the US Senate, with Thune's help, plans to vote on this Republican Tax Bill next week. I plan to write and call my Representatives about how bad this proposal is for ordinary people and for our Country. I also plan to ask family and friends to do the same. I encourage each of you to do so too. This Republican Tax proposal is not a done deal yet. It may not pass the Senate and it still has to go to a conference committee and pass both Houses of Congress again. It still might receive the public scrutiny it deserves and Republicans need to be held accountable for supporting it.

Below is our link to our summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion. It is filled with information and ideas you can talk about. Use it as you wish.

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1005.htm

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Republicans Come Down on the Side of Greed and Child Molesters.

It is Black Friday and you are probably exhausted from your Holiday Shopping spree. Or, perhaps you are trying to avoid the crowds. Either way, we invite you to join us at Drinking Liberally this evening. As always we are here for you, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Kick off your shoes. Sit down. Talk about your day and your world. And some politics too. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $100.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Republicans have resolved their 'Alabama Dilemma' as to whether or not they should support a child-molester, Alabama Senate candidate, Judge Roy Moore. After due consideration, Republicans have said yes to Judge Moore and the coveting of children. (In their support, there is nothing in the Ten Commandments about not coveting a neighbor's child.) For a time, the question seemed like a tough call for Republicans but, when you think about it, given the tax plan they have proposed, they made a very predictable choice. If you look at their Tax Bill, just like a child molester, it too will screw just about anybody and everybody.

In South Dakota: John Thune, our senior US Senator, appeared last week at a Koch Brothers' sponsored meeting in Sioux Falls. His attendance tells you all you need to know about the Republican Tax Bill and their plan to force it through a Republican Congress for the signature of their Republican President. Unwilling to hold the usual public hearings and subject their Tax Bill to the usual public scrutiny, Thune along with Republican Senators in other states like Rob Portman in Ohio, have chosen to forgo traditional Town Hall meetings in favor of these carefully crafted, RSVP'd forums paid for by their Billionaire benefactors. The Tax Bill that Thune and his wealthy supporters like so much, blows up the Federal Deficit by $1.5 Trillion over 10 years, raises taxes on those earning less than $75,000 a year while lowering the taxes on Corporations by 43%, triggers a $25 Billion dollar initial deduction in Medicare and, generally, shifts the tax burden from Billionaires and their Millionaire minions onto ordinary working people. Thune's full-throated support for this Tax Bill and his attendance at the Koch Brother's event makes it obvious, if it wasn't already, that he and public officials like him have been bought by the Super Rich and that they know who their masters are.

Thune covers his support for this Tax Bill with lies about economic growth and increased wages when the academic community has demonstrated these claims are not supported by facts. Yet Thune and his like, continue to repeat their lies. In what has become a fact-free environment, with a President who will say anything and a Congress that refuses to have policy examined in an orderly way, it is no surprise Thune feels free to repeat his lies. After all, those who support child molesters to get their way will probably say anything.

According to news accounts, the US Senate, with Thune's help, plans to vote on this Republican Tax Bill next week. I plan to write and call my Representatives about how bad this proposal is for ordinary people and for our Country. I also plan to ask family and friends to do the same. I encourage each of you to do so too. This Republican Tax proposal is not a done deal yet. It may not pass the Senate and it still has to go to a conference committee and pass both Houses of Congress again. It still might receive the public scrutiny it deserves and Republicans need to be held accountable for supporting it.

Below is our link to our summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion. It is filled with information and ideas you can talk about. Use it as you wish.

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1005.htm

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Conflicted, the Republican Party Ponders Pedophilia.

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $90.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Republicans find themselves in a dilemma.

Having accepted the buffoonery and embarrassment of Donald Trump on the World Stage, countenanced his tacit embrace of white supremacists, defended his molestation of women, questioned and, in some cases, subverted investigations into Trump and his staff's potentially treasonous relationship with our strategic adversary, Russia, applauded America's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords in a hat tip to the coal and oil industries, supported the ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Africa as a favor to the gun lobby and white males fearing low testosterone levels, and, yesterday, abandoning their core principle of fiscal responsibility to pass a massive tax cut for their wealthy donors and corporate patrons, the Republican Party and President Trump find they must now decide, thanks to the doings of Judge Roy Moore, if they want to become the Party of Pedophilia too.

While some Republican leaders have suggested they do not condone Moore's behavior, given the Party's ability to rationalize just about anything, I expect they will approve Pedophilia soon. The Alabama Republican Party has already refused to condemn Judge Moore's behavior. National Republicans will roll over too. They need his vote in the Senate. They will accept any behavior in their lust for their tax cuts and their desire to unleash themselves from the burden of maintaining the infrastructure of our common defense and general happiness.

I suggest a new slogan for them: The Republican Party, the Party of billionaires and child molesters everywhere.

And, back to the Russia investigation, this link pretty well sums it all up in my opinion:

https://politicalwire.com/2017/11/17/spectacular-accumulation-lies/

In South Dakota: The Republican Party here resembles the Alabama Republican Party. They are as corrupt and as overwhelmed by self-righteousness. They would condone a Judge Moore too if it put a penny in their pocket and allowed them to maintain their power.

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1004.htm

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $90.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Republicans took a shellacking in Tuesday's elections in New Jersey and Virginia. Democrats convincingly won both Governorships and most of the seriously contested races down ballot. You would think that, in defeat, Congressional Republicans would rethink their continuing deference to President Trump and his far-right supporters and move toward the political center. But, noooo…Apparently not. Still fever pitched in their drive to add $1.7 billion to the Federal deficit and shift the tax burden of financing government from their wealthy patrons onto ordinary, working people, Republicans have convinced themselves that voters abandoned them, not because of Republican policies, but because they haven't implemented them yet. To put it another way, Republicans believe voters are emotional children demanding candy but who, in their impatience, will choose the parent who won't give them any. This doesn't make any sense. But it does show the logical contortions Republicans will perform in the service of their billionaire, corporate donors. (Some would call it deep corruption.)

Here is a link to a balanced summary of the Republican's Tax plan from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/business/economy/middle-class-tax.htm...

An excerpt: "Both the evolving House bill and the emerging Senate plan would slash taxes for businesses and many wealthy individuals. What they would mean for the middle class, however, is less clear. The plans feature a spider web of intersecting and offsetting changes to the tax code that many taxpayers — and even many tax accountants — are struggling to untangle.
...Both bills would eliminate the deduction for state and local... sales taxes ...The Senate bill would go further by also eliminating the deduction for state and local property taxes."

As I pointed out last week, our Representative, Kristi Noem, sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, the Committee that is responsible for this Republican Tax Bill. She is directly responsible for it. If you have problems with the Tax Bill, voice them early and often to Kristi. Remember, she wrote the bill. Here is her contact information:
2457 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Toll-Free Phone: (855) 225-2801
Phone: (202) 225-2801
Fax: (202) 225-5823

Since South Dakota relies heavily on property taxes and sales taxes, many middle-income taxpayers here will pay substantially more in taxes if Kristi and the Republicans have their way and the deductions for state and local taxes are eliminated in a combined Senate and House tax bill.

Turning to the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP), in September we noted that Democratic voter registration declined statewide from a high of 38.4% of all registered voters in 2009 to a current low of 30.5% today. In absolute terms, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats increased by 48,567, from 36,688 in 2009 to 85,231 today giving the GOP an average advantage of 2436 votes in each of South Dakota's 35 legislative districts.

We are happy to report that, since September, the SDDP has reversed this trend and lowered the Republican advantage by 24 voters. I congratulate the SDDP. At this rate, Democrats will reach parity with Republicans in about 670 years. Patience is the word.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1003.htm

And for those of you interested in local government and TIF's here is an interesting primer on the subject from the local Sioux Falls blog, South Dacola.
http://www.southdacola.com/blog/2017/11/tifs-have-little-impact-on-benef...

I need a drink. Join us a Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Taxes, Criminal Indictments are the Talk at Drinking Liberally Tonight.

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $80.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Kristi Noem and other congressional Republicans dropped their long-promised Tax Cut bill on us on Thursday. And, as expected it shifts the tax burden from the wealthy and corporations on to ordinary, working people. Here is a summary of the proposal from talkingpointsmemo.com

"... like the current tax system, the House GOP plan would have winners and losers.
The draft released Thursday lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, nearly doubles the standard deduction, and keeps a loophole for hedge fund managers that President Trump had promised to eliminate.
To partially make up the cost, the proposal gets rid of a host of deductions—including those for medical expenses, moving expenses, hiring veterans, investing in poor neighborhoods, alimony, employee achievement awards, adoptions, the interest paid on student loans, most electric cars, and state and local taxes—while putting new limits on several others, like the interest paid on home mortgages."

Also, ominously, the last two pages of the Republican's 413-page tax proposal allows Churches and like-kind organizations to overtly participate in partisan politics and still retain their tax-exempt status. Currently, overt partisan political behavior can threaten a religious organization's tax exempt status and subject them to the same taxes as the rest of us.

To summarize the Republican's Tax Bill further, as the saying goes, "It isn't fair, it's Republican."

And, it is also inflationary, perhaps very inflationary, since it doesn't propose spending cuts (ie. it proposes to pay for itself by increasing the deficit) and, if enacted, will stimulate an economy (thanks to President Obama) operating near full capacity.

It is a bad idea, at the wrong time.

Our Representative, Kristi Noem, sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, the Committee responsible for this Republican Tax Bill. She helped write it and has the ability to directly affect it. If you have problems with the Tax Bill, I encourage you to voice them early and often to Kristi. Don't put up with double talk, she wrote the bill. Here is her contact information.

2457 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Toll-Free Phone: (855) 225-2801
Phone: (202) 225-2801
Fax: (202) 225-5823

Oh! And in case you missed it, a number of former Trump campaign workers, including Trump's former Campaign Chairman, were indicted in Federal Court on numerous money laundering, lying to the FBI and corrupt foreign practice charges. As some people have said for a long time, the Trump organization is best understood if you think of it as a criminal enterprise.

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1002.htm

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Taxes, Criminal Indictments are the Talk at Drinking Liberally Tonight.

As always, we meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $80.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Kristi Noem and other congressional Republicans dropped their long-promised Tax Cut bill on us on Thursday. And, as expected it shifts the tax burden from the wealthy and corporations on to ordinary, working people. Here is a summary of the proposal from talkingpointsmemo.com

"... like the current tax system, the House GOP plan would have winners and losers.
The draft released Thursday lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, nearly doubles the standard deduction, and keeps a loophole for hedge fund managers that President Trump had promised to eliminate.
To partially make up the cost, the proposal gets rid of a host of deductions—including those for medical expenses, moving expenses, hiring veterans, investing in poor neighborhoods, alimony, employee achievement awards, adoptions, the interest paid on student loans, most electric cars, and state and local taxes—while putting new limits on several others, like the interest paid on home mortgages."

Also, ominously, the last two pages of the Republican's 413-page tax proposal allows Churches and like-kind organizations to overtly participate in partisan politics and still retain their tax-exempt status. Currently, overt partisan political behavior can threaten a religious organization's tax exempt status and subject them to the same taxes as the rest of us.

To summarize the Republican's Tax Bill further, as the saying goes, "It isn't fair, it's Republican."

And, it is also inflationary, perhaps very inflationary, since it doesn't propose spending cuts (ie. it proposes to pay for itself by increasing the deficit) and, if enacted, will stimulate an economy (thanks to President Obama) operating near full capacity.

It is a bad idea, at the wrong time.

Our Representative, Kristi Noem, sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, the Committee responsible for this Republican Tax Bill. She helped write it and has the ability to directly affect it. If you have problems with the Tax Bill, I encourage you to voice them early and often to Kristi. Don't put up with double talk, she wrote the bill. Here is her contact information.

2457 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Toll-Free Phone: (855) 225-2801
Phone: (202) 225-2801
Fax: (202) 225-5823

Oh! And in case you missed it, a number of former Trump campaign workers, including Trump's former Campaign Chairman, were indicted in Federal Court on numerous money laundering, lying to the FBI and corrupt foreign practice charges. As some people have said for a long time, the Trump organization is best understood if you think of it as a criminal enterprise.

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1002.htm

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

As always, Drinking Liberally tonight. "TapHouse 41"

I forgot to press the send button today to invite you to our weekly Drinking Liberally meeting. I hate to write an invitation and not share it with our merry crew. So, here it is. Consider this invitation a special invite to next week's gathering. Join us then.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $70.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: What more can be said about Donald Trump? His views and his actions are so far outside the range of normal that we can legitimately characterize him as insane. And, on any scale of insanity, his particular insanity is super-charged several times over. Super-charged first by his billions of dollars, next by his position as President, and finally by the complicity of conservative Republicans who, with only an exception or two, continue to put Party over Country hoping they can survive Trump's populist beast and achieve their Right Wing agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy and unregulated, unfettered capitalism for their corporate donors. German Conservatives made this same calculation in 1933.

Together, Trump and the Republican Congress have empowered and energized the worst fringe elements of our society and placed them in positions of real power at the Environmental Protection Agency, at the Interior Department, at the Department of Education, on a National Election Commission, at Homeland security, as Attorney General and on and on. As outrageous as Trump's Travel Ban is, as provocative as his nod to White Supremacists was after the Charlotteville Neo-Nazi demonstrations, as self-defeating as his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords has been, his Administration's actions will only get worse. Trump and his followers were out of control when they were out of power. Now, having attained it, we shouldn't expect any aspect of normalcy to modify their behavior.

And they are just getting started.

Thank God we are still a Democracy and the 2018 elections are little more than a year away. In the prevailing climate of political insanity, a year may seem like a lifetime but in electoral terms, the election is relatively close. It is time to get to work. Work is the great balm of the human condition. Enjoy it.

On the lighter side, what would Trump's role be if he was a character in one of your favorite movies? For me, In "Gone with the Wind", he would be Scarlett O'Hara; in "Treasure of the Sierra Madres", he would be Fred C. Dobbs; in "The Graduate", he would be Mrs. Robinson; in "Alien", he would be the Alien; in "Titanic" he would be the iceberg; and in "The Big Lebowski", he would be the non-Jeff Bridges' Lebowski……. You get the idea....Make your own List.

And speaking Jeff Bridges, I think he would make a great Donald Trump in any movie about "The Donald". Jeff plays the part of a corrupt, degenerate, unredeemable character so well that playing "The Donald" would be a piece of cake.

I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1001.htm

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.